Tricks to man­age post-Hal­loween treats

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who had open surgery.

Re­sults were pub­lished on­line last week by the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine. In both stud­ies, re­searchers com­pared two meth­ods for rad­i­cal hys­terec­tomy, an op­er­a­tion to re­move the uterus, cervix and part of the vagina. The surgery costs around $9,000 to $12,000 (U.S.) with the min­i­mally in­va­sive ver­sion at the higher end.

Tra­di­tional surgery in­volves a cut in the lower ab­domen. In a newer method, a sur­geon makes small in­ci­sions for a cam­era and in­stru­ments. Pa­tients re­cover faster, so la­paro­scopic surgery, which has been around for more than a decade, gained pop­u­lar­ity de­spite a lack of rig­or­ous long-term stud­ies.

al­loween may be over but, the treats linger on. In terms of nu­tri­tion, how we han­dle this candy-filled hol­i­day is a sticky topic, ac­cord­ing to regis­tered di­eti­tian and fam­ily ther­a­pist El­lyn Sat­ter.

On one hand, we don’t want to en­cour­age our kids to eat sugar-loaded nutri­ent-de­fi­cient foods. But we also don’t want a child to sneak or hide food be­cause they sense our dis­ap­proval.

We’ve all seen un­for­tu­nate ex­am­ples of well-in­ten­tioned par­ents who overly re­strict a child’s in­take. It’s a per­fect setup for a life­long pat­tern of dis­or­dered eat­ing. And we’ve seen chil­dren raised on a steady diet of junk foods who don’t fare so well ei­ther. Sat­ter sug­gests a more balanced ap­proach.

“Your child will learn to man­age sweets and to keep them in pro­por­tion to the other food he eats if you



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mat­ter-of-factly in­clude them in fam­ily meals and snacks,” she says.

“Chil­dren who have reg­u­lar ac­cess to sweets and other for­bid­den foods eat them mod­er­ately. Chil­dren who don’t have reg­u­lar ac­cess load up on them when they aren’t even hun­gry. If you have a treat-de­prived child, you know they also beg, whine and sneak to get high­sugar, high-fat foods.”

Sat­ter sug­gests we use this hol­i­day as an op­por­tu­nity to teach chil­dren how to man­age their stash of good­ies. That means we try not to in­ter­fere too much.

“When he comes home from trick-or-treat­ing, let him lay out his booty, gloat over it, sort it and eat as much of it as he wants. Let him do the same the next day.

“Then have him put it away and rel­e­gate it to meal- and snack-time: a cou­ple of small pieces at meals for dessert and as much as he wants for snack-time. If he can fol­low the rules, your child gets to keep con­trol of the stash.

“Oth­er­wise, you do, on the as­sump­tion that as soon as he can man­age it, he gets to keep it. Of­fer milk with the candy and you have a chance at good nu­tri­tion.”

Won’t all this junk make our kids hy­per­ac­tive?

“De­spite what most peo­ple think, stud­ies show sugar does not af­fect chil­dren’s be­haviour or cog­ni­tive per­for­mance,” says Sat­ter.

In her years of prac­tice, it’s the kid who is al­lowed to eat sugar in­stead of meals and snacks pro­vided by their par­ents who are likely to show prob­lem be­haviour and poor men­tal pro­cess­ing.

That, she says, has to do with poor par­ent­ing, not poor food se­lec­tion. “Chil­dren who have reg­u­lar ac­cess to sweets and other for­bid­den foods eat them mod­er­ately,” regis­tered di­eti­tian and fam­ily ther­a­pist El­lyn Sat­ter says.


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